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USCCB: speak with congressmen about food stamps, immigration reform

August 01, 2013

The Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued an action alert asking Catholics to “urge your Representative and Senators to support SNAP (food stamps), pass bi-partisan immigration reform, and support a budget that helps people struggling in this economy.”

“Most members of Congress will be home during the summer recess between August 5 and September 9,” the alert continues. “Tell your Representative and Senators” to “support the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),” “replace the sequester with a circle of protection,” and “support bi-partisan comprehensive immigration reform.”

The National Catholic Rural Life Conference and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul joined the USCCB in issuing the action alert.

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  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 02, 2013 4:29 PM ET USA

    How about a little word substitution from the above..asking Catholics to “urge your archbishops and bishops to impose Canon 915 on pseudo-Catholic politicians, remove "Catholic" from numerous university charters, and rid the USCCB of CRS.” Looks better, I think.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 01, 2013 9:38 PM ET USA

    Calling Archbishop Shevchuk! It won't be long before the USCCB gets most of its funding from the federal government. The more programs the bishops support, the more funding they get.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 01, 2013 7:42 PM ET USA

    I find it ironic and disturbing that the USCCB is supporting a blatantly liberal, Democrat agenda knowing that said agenda also promotes abortion and same-sex marriage. What happened to the Catholic principle of subsidiarity? SNAP and the so-called "immigration reform" plan are Big Government expansions into socialism. I am a devout Catholic and this stinks on ice.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Aug. 01, 2013 6:57 PM ET USA

    This is nonsense. It is not the function of the government to play "Robbing Hood", stealing food and other resources from those who worked for it to give a fraction to those who have not. This is especially true when these resources are often taken from those who need them too. The result of this false charity has been the creation of a dependent class who are the victim of low expectations.

  • Posted by: BobJ70777069 - Aug. 01, 2013 6:19 PM ET USA

    They know that Christ told us to remember the poor, they just haven't fiugred out that working through a large, cumbersome, government bureaucracy is the worst possible way to do it. They need to get their Catholicism separated from their "liberal" politics!